Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Persimmon Chestnut Spice Cookies #FabulousFallBounty

Today is the final day of our Fabulous Fall Bounty event hosted by Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla and sponsored by Melissa's Produce, Le Creuset and Silpat.


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It has been quite the week!  There have been tons of wonderful recipes from the dozen bloggers participating in this event.  I have shared a French Soup, a salad full of Fall Flavors, a Baby Beet salad, a Mexican dish containing Guajillo Chiles and thought I would end this party with dessert.


Are you familiar with persimmons?  I have to confess that until last year, I had never tried one.  They weren't even part of  my vocabulary.  Then, I was sent some from Melissa's Produce when they sponsored one of our Wine Pairing events and I fell in love.

Needless to say I was very excited to receive some again in this Fabulous Fall Bounty Basket.  Last year I made a cake and some dip.  This year I decided to make some cookies.



This gave me an excuse to use my new Silpat mat.  I use my silicone mats all the time and I'm excited that I now have 4 of them so that when making cookies, I can get two baking trays ready while two are in the oven.  That makes short work of your baking time.

I also use silicone mats when roasting veggies.  Anytime you would use parchment paper on a baking sheet you can use the silicone mats.  I still keep parchment on hand for lining cake pans though.  I'm waiting for silpat to come out with round mats to be used in cake pans and different size square and oblong mats to be used in baking pans. Their website promises new products coming soon so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.


I found this recipe for Persimmon Cookies on Allrecipes.com.  It called for walnuts but I had some steamed and peeled chestnuts from Melissa's so I substituted those.

I also used ginger instead of cloves and lessened the amount of nutmeg in the recipe.

The final adaptation was replacing the raisins with dried cranberries.

These soft, chewy cookies were reminiscent of taking a bite of spice cake.  The only moisture in these cookies comes from the persimmon and egg. The persimmon had turned gelatin like from the cornstarch but dissolved upon addition to the creamed butter.

I had the batter made and all 4 trays of cookies, containing 20 cookies on each tray,  baked and cooling in less than an hours time.  Perfect for during the busy holidays.


I had enough cookies to take to our church for the choir concert afterglow and still put some in the freezer to serve during the holidays.  I am going to pull some of them for the Thanksgiving dessert table.

I hope you have enjoyed reading the recipes from this Fabulous Fall Bounty event as much as I.  I have found lots of great new recipes that can't wait to try.  This cookie recipe is destined to become a yearly tradition.


Persimmon Chestnut Spice Cookies
adapted from Allrecipes. com submitted by Patty Tindall

2 ripe Fuyu persimmons, stemmed and quartered
1 t. baking soda
2 c. flour
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ginger
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. salt
1 egg
1 c. sugar
1 stick butter, room temperature
1 c. dried cranberries
1 c. chopped chestnuts

Place the persimmons and baking soda in a food processor and puree.  Set aside.

Sift together the flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.  Set aside.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the egg and persimmon.  Stir in flour mixture and then beat until light and fluffy. Stir in the cranberries and chestnuts.

Using a small cookie scoop place onto a baking tray covered with a silicone mat.  The cookies do not spread much at all and are very cakelike so you can put 20 per tray.  

Bake in a preheated 350* oven for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown. Print Recipe

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